Israeli President following Temple Mount terror attack: ‘Anyone who does not condemn terror cooperates with it’

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin praised Jordan and the Palestinian Authority following the deadly terror attack at the Temple Mount but also criticized some of the Arab leadership.
Rivlin Photo credit: Hadas Parush/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Today (Sunday), several days after the deadly terror attack at the Temple Mount, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke at the graduation ceremony of the National Defense College of the IDF. Rivlin claimed that “the silence and the feeble reactions of some of the Arab political leaders are outrageous.” IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot also attended the ceremony.

“Terror must be condemned unconditionally,” Rivlin added. “Anyone who does not condemn terror cooperates with it…I want to commend the responsible leadership in the entire region for taking clear and responsible measures, specifically the King of Jordan and the Palestinian Authority leader, who understood the danger and cooperated with us to calm things down.”

“This terror attack crossed a red line and its immediate goal was to deteriorate the region into a bloody war,” the president continued before addressing security challenges in the region. “Many countries in the Middle East that have been threatened by enemies from outside found themselves defeated by internal conflicts in recent years. The ‘failed states’ phenomenon in the Middle East teaches us about the deep connection between society and national defense.”

“The social structure of the State of Israel is very different from the countries surrounding it,” Rivlin explained. “Over the years, Israel has succeeded in establishing a society that knows how to deal with external threats as well as internal divisions. We faced difficult tests of immigrant absorption, wars, terror and agreements that divided the nation. Sometimes, as in the days of the Rabin assassination, we were almost on the brink of a civil war. However, we managed to overcome this-not to cross the dangerous threshold, not to let violence destroy us from within...We proved that we are a strong democracy.”

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